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Cobar's Water Restrictions have been tightened and will be enforced.

 From 10 JANUARY 2018 an 'odds and evens' system is being introduced. If your house number is an even number, you can water on even dates, ie 2nd, 4th, 6th of the month. If your house number is odd, you can water on the odd dates, ie 1st, 3rd, 5th of the month.

Watering can occur between 6pm and 8am ONLY. There should be no outside watering other than during these times.

These measures are essential to reduce the demand for treated water to greatly improve water quality for our residents.

Council appreciates your assistance in this matter. If residents continue to ignore the water restrictions, fines will be issued.


  • The main factor influencing the quality of Cobar's water is the build up of iron and manganese deposits in the 6,000m of old cast iron pipes. In periods of hot weather as we are now experiencing the extra demand on the system increases the flow rate through the pipes resulting in the iron and manganese being stripped out and discolouring the water.

  • Other factors influencing the quality of the water are the poor quality of the river water being delivered from the Nyngan storages and the water treatment plant being operated at a rate well in excess of the plants design capacity.


  • Council is seeking State Government funding to replace the 6,000m of old cast iron sections of pipework. Funding assistance is required as this project will cost more than $6 million which equates to $3,000 per connection should the community have to fund the replacement work.

    The contract for the construction of the new water treatment plant has been awarded and site works have commenced. The new plant will be completed in about 18 months and will improve the quality of the treated water. Council was successful in receiving $15.75M funding for this project from the State Government.

Council appreciates that the hot weather conditions make it difficult to reduce water use and that it is also making it difficult to correct the discoloured water you are experiencing. Council will continue to flush the pipes in areas where dirty water appears and your co-operation with restrictions will be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding the above matters please contact Kym Miller or Eric Poga at Council on (02) 6836 5888 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.